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- The Windsor Magazine () – Indexes to Fiction
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Certain writers focused on one concern only, and their work appeared at wider intervals. An example of this is found in the ten articles on public and government finances by J. In addition to this broad range of non-fiction, there were articles which took the form of fiction, as a short story or anecdote, but which were based on, or intended to be, a purely factual account. An example is W. Occasionally, this deliberate blurring of boundaries can mislead the reader, and it is only when the conclusion of the piece is reached that the author reveals the desired focus of the narrative.
This is an account of a meeting between a street boy who sells matches for a living and a man. To rectify his error, which was to his advantage, the boy pursues the man, gives him the correct change and is then informed that the purchaser of the matches is the Prince of Wales.
The boy is rewarded with a place at a naval college, and is assured that the Prince will keep the matchbox. This account is initially presented as a short narrative; there is nothing to distinguish it from any other short fiction until the conclusion is reached. At this point the writer, Alfred T.
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Story, intervenes, explains that the fiction is in fact an account of an actual event, and directs the reader toward a reading of the text which does not permit any questioning of the context which produced the happening, or any possible outcome other than the one given. Such semi-fictional narratives have been included in the indexes below as they functioned much in the manner of the didactic writing associated with the religious fiction of the late-nineteenth century and can be read in much the same way.
Wood, Cecil Aldin, S. Waller and Harry Fumiss, all of whom published in a wide variety of journals, and whose illustrations accompanied much of the fiction that appeared in the Windsor. Non-fiction was frequently also illustrated by photographs, and this mix of visual images proved most attractive.
By , these lengthy articles they were between 12 and 15 pages in length were appearing in each issue and were accompanied by numerous black-and-white illustrations of the artwork under discussion. This followed a series of biographical studies by Austin Chester of various contemporary artists not all of whom were necessarily destined for glory , and this in turn had followed descriptions of the collections of a number of provincial art galleries.
Thematically, the Windsor Magazine reveals the concerns and anxieties of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, both in terms of British society and in the ways in which the colonies and major international powers were represented. The limitations inherent in publishing a monthly periodical composed largely of lengthy articles meant that the Windsor could not respond directly and immediately to national events; for example, there is no article dealing directly with the death of Victoria in , although there is a discussion of the coronation ritual later in the relevant volume.
However, it is possible to assess the dominant concerns of the time as they appeared in its pages. Much of the fiction is centred on urban, suburban and business life, particularly as these were represented in the constantly shifting social terrain of the middle classes. There was an increasing emphasis on the insecurity and uncertainty of income and social position, and added to this was a focus on the increasing isolation of the individual, obvious despite the growing crowds in the cities.
Allied with this increasing sense of isolation and insecurity is the notion that the world is not what it seems and that truth and reality must be actively sought for and revealed. There is the possibility that the individual may be participating in a complex masquerade and that morality may be subverted to expedience. Given this, there was a growing interest in mystery and detective fiction which depended upon the recognition of pattern and the establishment of reality. Meade and Robert Eustace.
In each of these series it is noticeable that the central character is a lone investigator whose exploits are described by a close associate who, while admiring the protagonist, does not comprehend how or why his actions are undertaken. A fascination with the blurring of moral boundaries and perspectives was in itself a characteristic of the time. A concern with criminal behaviour, in which the criminal was not automatically apprehended became apparent—so a successful and stylish swindle performed by an attractive protagonist as in Fred M. This suggested that moral codes were a matter of expedience rather than absolute constructs and were dependent to a large extent upon the internal acknowledgment of a class structure that defined the moral characteristics pertaining to each level of society.
Like detective and mystery stories these tales centred upon the re-establishment of a pattern of everyday living and a reassuring restoration of the status quo, if only at the individual level. Concurrent with this interest in the past is an increasing focus on technological and social development and its implications for the future. However, unlike the non-fiction mentioned above, these stories, particularly the last-named, demonstrated an awareness of the comical aspects of human reliance on technology, even while stressing the importance of technological progress and its potential benefits for human society.
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